UNDATED — Looking for something to do this summer? Look no further.
Here is a list of 40 fun things to do with your partner, kids and friends. Many of the activities are free or very cheap.
Most are outdoors so you can enjoy our beautiful Minnesota summer.
40 Things to Do in Central Minnesota This Summer:
1). Go tubing. Two Rivers Campground in Royalton offers tubing seven days a week throughout the summer.
2). Start picking. That Wright County Swappers Meeting in South Haven is held every Saturday.
3). Feel the need for speed. That Brainerd International Raceway has a variety of racing events planned.
4). girls outing. Spend a whole day Shopping in downtown St. Joseph They have several new shops and restaurants that have opened in recent years.
5). We all scream for ice cream. Mr Twisty has two locations in St. Cloud and Sartell, and there are Jupiter moon ice in St. Joseph.
6). Under the stars. We have two great drive-in theater options in central Minnesota Starlite Drive In at Litchfield et al Long drive through in the long prairie.
7). Watch a water ski show. That Little Crow ski team in New London performs at Near Park every Friday night.
8th). freshen up Stroll through the St Cloud Area Farmers Market. It takes place every Saturday morning in downtown St. Cloud.
9). National Laws. This is the first full season at The Ledge Amphitheater at Waite Park with a range of national artists taking the stage.
10). Play ball! That St Cloud Rox The minor league baseball team plays home games at the Municipal Athletic Complex throughout the summer.
11). live theatre. That Supreme Theater and Pioneer place in fifth place Both in downtown St. Cloud have performances throughout the summer.
12). Get on a bike. That Lake Wobegon Trail offers kilometers of paved bike paths. If you don’t have a bike, drop by the bike share program in St Joseph and Waite Park.
13). Stop and smell the roses. Munsinger and Clemens Gardens are a jewel on the Mississippi River.
14). Lots of live music every week. Daylight saving time by George in St. Cloud, rock the river in Sauk Rapids, swing into the summer in Sartell, Wednesdays with wood stove in St. Joseph, just to name a few.
15). The Quarry. Quarry Park & Conservation Area in Waite Park offers bike trails, fishing, rock climbing and swimming.
16). go wild! Central Minnesota has three zoo options to choose from (or check them all) Hempker Park and Zoo in Freeport, the Pine Grove Zoo in Little Falls and Safari North Wildlife Park in Brainerd.
17). Summerland family amusement park in St. Cloud. Water fun, go-karts, batting cages and miniature golf.
18). get smart Sit on a terrace at our local breweries and enjoy a locally brewed beer beaver island, Pantown, bad habitor Back Shed Breweries.
19). Sip cider. Milk and honey cidery in St. Joseph was named the best cider house in the United States by USA Today. They have a new stage for this summer too.
20). Get sparkling. That Brainerd Zipline Tour has seven zip lines to try.
21). That Charles Lindbergh Home and Museum in Little Falls. Explore the museum, tour the home, and walk the trails on the property.
22). Get artistic. art in motion in Holdingford has artwork by local artists and their BoHo Café offers local beers, wines and specialty coffees.
23). fair time. The Benton County Fair in Sauk Rapids is one of Minnesota’s largest annual fairs each summer. This year’s dates are August 2ndnd through the 7th.
24). attract attention, stand out! The St. Cloud metro area has a number of splash guard A perfect way for the kids to cool off on a hot summer day.
25). Listen. Get a good book to read this summer from the Great River Regional Library. They have branches in St Cloud and Waite Park with a locker system in Sartell.
26). I was on a boat that day. Rent a boat from Your boat club on the Horseshoe Chain of Lakes in Cold Spring, Richmond.
27). Paddle down the river. Canoeing down the Mississippi River is a great way to spend the day. Clearwater amenities Kayaks and canoes are available for rent in Clearwater.
28). city ball Stearns County has long been known as a hot spot for amateur baseball. Head to the ballpark this summer and support your local team.
29). disc golf. It’s a fast growing sport and there are some great courses in the area including Riverside Park in St. CloudHidden Sea Park in St. Augusta and Millstream Park in St. Joseph.
30). I’m fishing! There are many great lakes in central Minnesota, but fishing is unique to St. Cloud Lake Georgethe DNR fills it with fish every year, and try casting a line off the banks of the Mississippi.
31). Go back in time. That Stearns History Museum offers a number of special events throughout the year along with the exhibits at the museum.
32). Take a bath. Foley Municipal Swimming Pool is one of the few outdoor water centers in the area. The pool is open seven days a week throughout the summer.
33). Don’t just skate past! Check out the newly built one Heritage skate park in St. Cloud.
34). Relax with a glass of wine. Miller Heritage Winery in Kimball is open Wednesday through Sunday. Check out their special tastings and tours.
35). St. John’s Abbey and Arboretum has more than 2,500 acres of lakes, prairie, oak savannah and forest.
36). Take a walk downtown. Explore historic St. Cloud on your own schedule and at your own pace with your smartphone as a guide.
37). Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge. They have special events and activities planned throughout the summer.
38). Baby you’re fireworks Be sure to check them out 4th July fireworks Shows at St Cloud and St Joseph.
39). Life is a beach! Spend some time at a local beach this summer Avon Beach at Middle Spunk Lake and Warner Lake Beach near Clearwater.
40). Take a road trip! Look at Minnesota Great river road which follows the Mississippi for 565 miles.
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